Tips and Timelines for Applying to Medical School

By Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed and Beth Gottesman, M.D. The world always needs great doctors and so it is very exciting that you are considering this challenging and rewarding profession.  Getting …

Tips for Applying to MBA Programs

I get this question every so often, so I thought I’d draft up some thoughts of advice for potential MBA applicants!  Here goes: MBA programs want to see work experience …

Athletic Recruiting For College: Part 1

One of the classic mantras when talking with high school students about athletic recruiting for college is: “Use your sport to get a great education.”  Your sport can get you …

What To Do If You're Waitlisted

Seniors, it’s that time of year where you’re hearing some exciting news and some not-so-exciting news. Plus, some of you will be waitlisted. Here is the scoop. Ok, so waitlisted …

What Colleges Can I Still Apply To?

If you’re a little late to the game, fear not, all hope is not lost! Over 200 colleges are still accepting applications for first-year students to attend in the Fall …

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Tips for Applying to MBA Programs

I get this question every so often, so I thought I’d draft up some thoughts of advice for potential MBA applicants!  Here goes: MBA programs want to see work experience …

What To Do Now To Ensure Success After College

Success after college doesn’t just happen.  There are things that the smart college student does to MAKE it happen!  It’s never to early to start learning these skills and thinking …

Why You Should Be a RA

In college, when you live in the dorms, you will have an RA on your floor.  RA means “Resident Adviser” and this person is like your dorm “mom” or “dad” …

Should You Return To College?

Have you ever thought of going to college?  Have you started before and stopped but would like to go back? Are you perhaps thinking of a career change? Adults returning …

The Student Scoop On How To Get An "A"

By: Amani Teshome, Boston College student  Let me be the first to tell you that what worked for you in high school to get good grades will not work for …

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How to Survive College App Season

College applications can feel like a real killer, but we’re here to help you navigate this beast of a task with a clear plan. You can make it, and you …

2014 Guide to the Common App: Part 2

Hey kiddos! If you made it through the Common App Guide Part 1 and are now about to tackle Part 2, you’re doing GREAT.   Now it’s time to work on …

2014 Guide to the Common App: Part 1

It’s August 1, 2014, and you Seniors know that that means–the Common App is live!  Let’s walk step-by-step through this beast and help you make sure yours is AMAZING!! Log …

Understanding Your Transcript

Your transcript is a single page document kept by your high school that lists all of your high school classes, grades and credit values. This is the most important document …

Keep Calm And Common App On

By: Mia Myklebust In the midst of all the issues with the Common App, we wanted to remind you to keep calm. All this anxiety will pass and as long …

Common App: Submission Confirmation Email

Many of you have received confirmations from your colleges for applications you have submitted, and just as many of you have not received all of these confirmations. What we don’t …

How To Organize Your College Apps: Part 3

Heads up, Seniors! Part 3 of our series is here! Learn about submitting apps for Common App and non Common App schools, payments, interviews and college rep visits. For all …

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College Advice For Hard of Hearing Students

Colleges and universities are equipped to handle every sort of learning challenge today’s students face and this certainly includes students who are hard of hearing or deaf. These students often …

A Letter To Ivy Obsessed Parents: Part 2

In Part 1 of this post we told you: – About the many great colleges out there – That it’s your student’s turn, that your kid wants make you proud – That they …

A Letter To Ivy Obsessed Parents: Part 1

Would you like your child to go to Stanford?  Are you a Yale alum?  Do you know more about Harvard’s admissions stats than an ordinary working professional?  If so, I’d …

How To Choose A College

By: Farah Mokhtar So you’ve finally received the letters you’ve been anxiously waiting so long for:  your college acceptance letters. Out of tens of thousands of other applicants, they picked …

How to Finalize Your College List: Part 2

Last week we gave you the first 10 things you should think about when trying to form the best college list for YOU. Today, we’re challenging you to think about …

How To Finalize Your College List: Part 1

Finalizing your college list has to be one of the most difficult parts of the whole college admissions process for high school students.  It seems so tough to cut a …

The ROI of College

By: Mia Myklebust These days it seems like everyone is talking about the Return On Investment (ROI) of college. Students are asking, “If I go to college, what will the …

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Is A Gap Year Program For Me?

If you are a student who is feeling like a slight break between high school and college might just sound like a good thing, then a gap year program could be the solution …

9 Ways To Survive Freshman Year of College

By: Amani Teshome, Student, Boston College Congrats! You’ve finally made it. After twelve years of education comprising of: kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and high school, you’re on your way …

May College To Dos for Seniors

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed. Happy Spring! With two months of school left until you leave high school behind, there is still so much that you can be doing to be …

How To Avoid the Freshman 15

By: Mia Myklebust The deadly freshman 15; loathed by all, evaded by few. If you are entering college you have probably thought about what to pack, what you’re going to …

Make a Smooth Transition to College [VLOG]

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed. It’s that time of year again, back to school. However, for 3 million American students it’s not just back to school, it’s the start of college. …

12 Things to Know Before Leaving the Nest

By: Mia Myklebust and Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed. How to: 1. Balance your checkbook- It’s all about the money, honey. Knowing how to manage your finances is a lifelong skill that …

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What Are Pre-College Programs?

Pre-college programs are awesome!  They are typically held on a college campus during the summer,  and they can last from a few days to several weeks. Colleges often offer these programs …

What Are Student Support Resources?

Student Support Resources are programs that exist on every community college and college campus to help you in any way that you may need help.  Broadly, these resources can help …

Meet the 25 Most Diverse Colleges

If you’re a diverse student in any sense of the word, looking at schools where diversity is highly valued is a great idea. Not only will these schools be more …

10 LGBT Friendly Colleges

Many colleges work to foster campus atmospheres that are very supportive of LGBT students, through initiatives such as student housing, counseling services, recruiting efforts, campus safety measures, and academic programming. …

7 Resources For First-Gen College Students

There are great resources these days to help students get to and through college. (CollegeMapper wink wink.) However, what you might not know is that a whole set of resources …

Why College Transition Programs Are Awesome

Many colleges have first year transition programs and these are a real asset for students who may need extra academic support and help adjusting to college.  These programs come in …

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College Essay Topic Ideas

For those of you starting (or perfecting!) your college essays, here are some areas that are great to focus on.  Pick ONE and tell one story that shows it. Work …

How To Organize Your College Essays

As you gear up to get started writing all of your college essays, taking even 5 minutes to organize yourself first will save you TONS of time. After 20 years …

Key Points in College Essays [VLOG]

Wondering about what the heck you should be writing about in your personal statement?In today’s Vlog Susanna explains the fundamental points that you should cover in your college essays and …

How To Write The "Why Our College" Essay

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed. You Seniors are busy writing college essays, and many of you are realizing that there is one beast in the mix that you have no choice …

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Meet our Monthly Scholarship Winner: Daniel!

Say congratulations to Daniel! Our monthly scholarship winner! Daniel is a Junior who recently turned 16. What better birthday gift than a CollegeMapper Scholarship? In his free time Daniel likes to run, …

Meet our March Scholarship Winner: Alex

Say congratulations to Alex! The March winner of our CollegeMapper Scholarship Contest! Alex is a new 12th grader who like to hang out with his friends and play video games …

Am I Eligible for Fee Waivers?

A lot of conversation goes on about the cost of college. The rising price of tuition in recent years has fueled a firestorm of commentary from all kinds of critics. …

Meet Our May Scholarship Winner: Christina!

Our May College Scholarship Winner is a lovely young lady named Christina! Christina is a 17-year-old who enjoys biking, playing with her dogs and hanging out with friends. She says …

Financial Planning For College

Many students have thought about hiring a private college consultant to help them with the often stressful and overwhelming college application process. Whether it’s because your high school guidance counselor …

Meet Our January Scholarship Winner: Madison!

The January winner of our CollegeMapper $1000 Scholarship contest is one special lady. Meet Madison, a dynamic high school Senior with a bright future! Madison is passionate about staying fit and …

Meet Our November Scholarship Winner: Shakila!

Meet Shakila, the winner of our November $1000 College Scholarship Contest.  Shakila is a Senior in high school who is from Detroit, Michigan. In her free time she enjoys giving …

Meet Our October Scholarship Winner: Brandon!

Meet October’s lucky $1000 scholarship winner, Brandon! As a Senior in high school, Brandon is busy with school, college apps and spending quality time with his friends. Read on to …

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Why You Should Double Major

My first reaction is why not?  It’s an awesome idea with very few if any drawbacks, so let’s break it down.  When you double major you focus in two subjects …

Choose My Major: Pharmacy

Do you like science? Do you want to help people?  If you are great at paying attention to details, and if you have strong communication skills, then you should consider …

Choose My Major: Nursing

So you want to be nurse?  Great!  We will always need great nurses, and if you’ve ever been in the hospital, you know the power of a friendly, kind, smart …

Choose My Major: Business and Management

For those of you who dream of a corner office and boxes of business cards with initials after your name, then you are probably already thinking of majoring in Business. …

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Thinking about your future career is really exciting!  There are so many possibilities, and the sky really is the limit. Most students who enter college do not know for certain …

Choose My Major: Dental Hygiene

So you want to be a dental hygienist? Great!  This is a fulfilling, challenging job that is always in demand, so let’s get started with putting you on the path …

Choose My Major: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

If you love animals and think that working with them everyday would be a dream come true, then maybe Vet school is the right career path for you.  Getting in …

Why You Should Study A STEM Field

Simply put, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.   You have probably heard the term used in the news lately to commiserate the lack of qualified U.S. candidates …

What Are Informational Interviews?

One great way that you can figure out which careers might be the best fits for you is to start talking informally to people actually working in that industry. Adults …

Top Colleges For Finance Majors

By: Amani Teshome, Student, Boston College Many colleges are renowned for their impressive undergraduate business schools and programs. Within these schools, arguably the most popular major is Finance. Whether driven by …

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How To Improve Your High School GPA

Many students don’t realize that you only have three years to build your GPA for college. Because you apply to college early in your Senior year, you don’t have Senior …

Where To Find A Summer Internship

By: Caitlin Heikkila, GoEnnounce Sure, you could spend your summers and extra time playing video games or hitting the beach, but we suggest going for an internship instead. Why? Internships …

Pre-College Summer Programs [VLOG]

When we picture summer break the image that comes to mind is one of sun, friends, outdoor activities and relaxation. However, as you get ever closer to high school graduation, …

Applying to Summer Programs [VLOG]

In this week’s vlog, Susanna talks about the benefits of applying for and completing a summer program while you’re in college. To get ideas, visit our list of summer programs …

Why To Study A Foreign Language

By: Joseph Bennett It’s no secret that learning a new language takes up a lot of time and energy. If you’re looking toward a college career you’ve probably spent at …

Get College Credit in High School [VIDEO]

Getting college credits while you’re still in high school might sound like an awesome option. You get to challenge yourself and get ahead while doing it. However, there are pitfalls …

Consider Independent Research [VIDEO]

With so many students earning stellar grades, getting impressive test scores and building well-rounded resumes, it can be difficult to stand out from the pack if your goal is to apply …

Volunteer Your Way to College

By: Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed. Volunteering is the #1 COOLEST way to spend your summer! It is always the right time to help someone else, and what better time to do …

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Fall 2014 SAT and ACT Test Dates

Although we hate to admit it, fall is right around the corner! If you haven’t yet taken your ACT or SAT, or want to take it another time to get …

SAT Announces Major Changes!

Today the CollegeBoard announced major changes to the SAT, marking the second time this century they have made significant changes to the test. This is big news for high school …

Why You Need To Know About Super Scoring

By: Caz Bevan, SAT Preparation Group Spring testing for the SAT and ACT is here, and the summer of college applications is just around the corner! Juggling scholarship applications, college …

College Tests and First-Gen Students

If you are the first generation from your family to attend a four-year college, aka a “first-gen”, then you will have to take the ACT or the SAT. These are …

Spring 2014 ACT and SAT Test Dates

Hello, my sweet Juniors! It’s time to face the music, college is approaching! One of your first tasks is to prepare for and take the test of your choice. Whether …

Should I Focus on the SAT or ACT?

By: Steve Kirshenbaum, SAT Preparation Group High Schools throughout the United States tend to pick sides as to whether the SAT or ACT is the more prevalent test.  Because of this, students will …

Your Guide to SAT Test Day (And the Night Before)

By: Suniti Mathur, co-founder of testrocker.com It’s officially back to school season and if you are a HS junior, senior, or academically ambitious sophomore that means you are probably getting …

How Go To College Without Taking The SAT

By: Mia Myklebust If testing is not your strong suit, then a Fair Test School could be for you. These schools do not require applicants to submit test scores because …

Should I Take a SAT Subject Test? [VLOG]

Most kids take either the SAT or the ACT, but what about SAT Subject Tests? In today’s VLOG Susanna gives you the 411 on SAT Subject Tests and whether taking …

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What You Need to Know About Class Rank

Things to know about class rank!  Most high school students don’t know much about class rank, and in my opinion, most of you don’t exactly need to worry about it. …

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